Food and Cooking Vocabulary in English

Food and cooking vocabulary is an essential vocabulary stock especially prepared for those who speak English language as a second language. Native language is always a rich language in every aspect and when we look at speaker of non-native languages, they face many problems while speaking second language. Here is the list of all those food and cooking vocabulary words, which we use for food and cooking. 

Food and cooking vocabulary


Meaning: We use this word to cook food such as bread or cake in an oven using dry heat as in microwave oven.

Example: We will bake few cakes for his birthday party.


Meaning: to roast or broil meat, chicken or fish over hot coals or an open fire.

Example: We barbecued fish and ribs last Sunday and enjoyed a lot.


Meaning: to cut food item by teeth to eat like cookies or sandwich

Example: He bit the cookie in half. She ate the sandwich in four quick bites.


Meaning: a strong and unpleasant flavor or something too much sour

Example: These almonds are very bitter.


Meaning: lacking strong flavor and having no good or original taste

Example: This vegetable soup is very bland. It does not taste well.


Meaning: Buffet is a meal with serving counter having multiple dishes in meal. It is normally served in restaurants and inns.

Example: We went to a Turkish buffet and enjoyed a good meal.


Meaning: food made from cream or tasting like cream

Example: I would like to take a creamy peanut butter.


Meaning: food that is dry and easily broken

Example: Fry the potato chips until they are crispy and brown.


Meaning: a type of food with hard texture and making a loud sound when chewed under teeth

Example: The peanut cookies were crunchy.


Meaning: a sweet course normally served at the end of the meal.

Example:  I do not like desserts in dinner but I am crazy for desserts in breakfast.


Meaning: A thick soft and creamy food usually made from rice, eggs or bread that people eat normally cold and served in meal as desserts.

Example: In Pakistan, pudding is served as a dessert after meal.


Meaning: meat of salt-water fish / sea fish or fresh water fish

Example: We barbequed fish at dinner on last Sunday.


Meaning: something cooked in oil in a frying pan

Example: My son is crazy for fried potatoes chips.


Meaning: meat of wild animals like rabbit, hare, partridge, pheasant etc

Example: Game birds are those birds those are legally allowed to hunt.


 Meaning: to cook, fry or toast food direct over hot surface over fire

Example: During the summer, we grill meat outside usually.

Gulp down

Meaning: to swallow or eat very quickly in large quantity

Example: He gulped down the pizza in four bites.


Meaning: to drink something very quickly or greedily and in large amount

Example: He guzzled a glass of water after he finished the job.


Meaning: a piece of bread or cake

Example: I ate one loaf of bread in breakfast. 


Meaning: a small piece or amount of something

Example: Put of a lump of cream on top of the casserole to make the cake creamy.

Red Meat

Meaning: meet of lamb, pork or beef

Example: In Pakistani culture, people cook red meat mostly in wedding parties.


Meaning: to make something heat up in microwave oven.

Example: Microwave the sandwich for two minutes and eat.


Meaning: not strong or harsh in taste

Example: The taste of these spices is very mild. 


Meaning: something cooked for more time than required

Example:  Overcooking made these potato chips crunchier. 


Meaning: fried in a frying pan

Example:  Would you like a piece of fish fried in frying pan?


Meaning: a unit of measuring liquid

Example: She drank a pint of ale at the bar


Meaning: This word is used commonly (in food and cooking vocabulary) to cook in boiling liquid.

Example:  I prefer to poach eggs in breakfast.


Meaning: a quantity of food taken during male

Example: Have you eaten your portion of desserts?


Meaning: (“white meat”) meet of chicken, turkey, goose or duck

Example: Poultry is cheap than red meat.


Meaning: to put some liquid into something like glass, cup, jug etc

Example: Pour the cola over ice cubes and taste it. 


Meaning: vegetables or food in natural state

Example:  Salad is made from raw vegetables. 


Meaning: fruits or vegetable those are fully-grown and ready to eat.

Example:  Make sure the apples are ripe so we can use them in the juice.


Meaning: rotted or decayed food that is not able to eat

Example:  This fish smells rotten; throw it away.


Meaning: to cook something with dry heat in an oven or over a fire

Example: Let us put chicken in the oven and roast for one hour.


Meaning: having a quantity of salt in it

Example: The potato chips were a bit salty and crispy.


Meaning: to drink in small quantity (to suck liquid by air into mouth)

Example: It is best to sip a coffee rather than gulp it down at once.


Meaning: a small amount of food eaten between meals

Example: I eat snack at four o clock usually.


Meaning: having an acid taste like lemon

Example: The milk had turned very sour.


Meaning: Move something forth and backward quickly to mix its ingredients.

Example: Shake the juice well and pour into a glass.

Starter / appetizer 

Meaning: the first thing eaten as part of a meal

Example: People usually prefer salad and drinks as starter in their meal.


Meaning: This term is used in food and cooking vocabulary for to mix something with spoon or stick making a circular movement

Example: Stir the sugar well and enjoy juice with your favorite lunch. 


Meaning: something placed in steam vapors before cooking (Steamed:  cooked over a saucepan of boiling water)

Example: The easy way to cook many vegetables is to steam them before cooking for few minutes.


Meaning: to fry something over high heat while being stirred continuously

Example: Usually I take stir-fried eggs in breakfast.


Meaning: something cooked for a long time on a low heat

Example: Stewed foods are easy to digest.


Meaning: food that does not has a good taste

Example: The meat has been cooked for too long. It‘s tasteless.


Meaning: food with hard texture, difficult to chew

Example: The cookie was very tough. I could hardly chew it!


Meaning: vegetables or fruits those are not full-grown and not ready to eat or cook and picked before their ripen time

Example:  Oranges and bananas are picked unripe mostly and become ripe as they are shipped.